Video: Campaigners to fight on against Norwich’s school’s ‘forced’ academy conversion

Parents Mark Sayer, and Rachel Ward, with the petition parents have signed against the plans to turn Cavell Primary School into an academy. Picture: Denise Bradley Parents Mark Sayer, and Rachel Ward, with the petition parents have signed against the plans to turn Cavell Primary School into an academy. Picture: Denise Bradley

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
6:00 PM

Parents opposed to a school’s conversion to an academy have pledged to fight on after meeting the body which could take control.

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Cavell Primary School, in Duckett Close, Lakenham, was put into special measures by Ofsted last March, and the Department for Education says turning it into an academy is the best way to drive up standards. However, a group of parents – and the board of governors removed last year – say the school is already on the up.

The governors were replaced by an interim executive board, who yesterday arranged a meeting for parents to meet potential sponsor the Right for Success Academy Trust, which runs the outstanding-rated Eaton Hall Academy.

Parent Rachel Ward, who has helped collect 1,700 signatures on an opposition petition, said: “We were interested in what they had to say, because if they are going to end up running our school we want to know where they are coming from. But there’s no evidence that making it an academy will make anything better.”

No one from the school or the board was available for comment following the meeting.

7 comments

  • I agree. Keep it in special measures and let the children's education suffer. I mean, it's not as if they only get one chance at it. It might help turn the school around but let's not risk it. The governors who were replaced when it went into special measures definitely know how to improve it. Well done the parents.

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    a fine city

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • And what is more,there is growing evidence reported in the national press, that some academies and free schools are syphoning off money meant for our children's education by making extravagant payments to employees of , or for supplies provided by, companies which appear independent but are actually closely associated to the businesses ( or trusts) running the schools.

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • What the DfE document omits to mention is that the report continued as follows: "But it is increasingly clear that academy status alone is not a panacea for improvement". In the national press this week......."Further, it added that "the National Audit Office (2012) has judged almost half of all sponsored academies as inadequate or satisfactory … international evidence of the impact of similar systems continues to present a mixed picture". Additionally, huge financial nepotism as pointed out below.

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    Sportswagon

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • This is all about empire building so Cavell community don't give in. I see academy freedoms at Wymondham now feel fit to reduce teaching time!!!!

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    Sportswagon

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Thank goodness someone is actually challenging these underhand takeovers. Across Norfolk communities are having their schools 'stolen' by crude interpretation of a narrow field of data. Why would you hand over a mainstream primary to a trust that runs a small special school anyway? Something is very wrong here.

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    Ghost

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Well done the parents. Let the ass Gove realize that not everyone will go along with his back of a fag packet ideas. The man has never had a job that involves doing anything apart from writing about or advising other people to do things about which he knows nothing, particularly teaching.

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    Yorky

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Well done to the parents. There is no reason to believe that academy status is linked to children getting on well at school. It is spurious ideology promoted for political purposes. The more people start to challenge the negative blame culture which is Ofsted the better, as well as the politicians who try and score brownie points by 'tough' talking on the back of it. 'Special Measures' for Ofsted on the way they treat teachers and governors.

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    Jasmine

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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